THE TIDE HAS TURNED

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY LINDA HAYES

Buy­ers can’t get enough of the val­ley’s river­side prop­er­ties, which bring the high coun­try ex­pe­ri­ence from the peaks to the wa­ter.

TO­DAY’S BUY­ERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE VAL­LEY’S RIVER­SIDE PROP­ER­TIES, WHICH BRING THE HIGH COUN­TRY EX­PE­RI­ENCE FROM THE PEAKS TO THE WA­TER.

Think Aspen, think moun­tains, right? Well, yes, of course. But there’s a wa­ter el­e­ment within the glo­ri­ous green­ery of our land­scape as well—the won­der­ful rib­bons of rivers that run through it. And while most folks en­joy these nat­u­ral wa­ter­ways via sports like fly-fish­ing, stand-up pad­dle­board­ing, and kayak­ing, some go so far as to make the river­bank their home.

Charles Cun­niffe, prin­ci­pal of Aspen’s Charles Cun­niffe Ar­chi­tects (970-9255590; cun­niffe.com), shares the story of clients who had their eye on a lot on the Roar­ing Fork River, near their pri­mary home. “They loved the river, and when the prop­erty came up for sale, they went for it,” he says. “It had a good con­nec­tion to the wa­ter, perched on the shore, and yet there was a real sense of pri­vacy, which they wanted.”

To make the most of the site and con­nect Four­teen Sixty—their con­tem­po­rary, new-build home— to the wa­ter, Cun­niffe in­cor­po­rated in­dige­nous ma­te­ri­als, such as Colorado sand­stone, which flow in­side and out. He also de­signed an am­ple

river­side en­ter­tain­ment deck with an out­door din­ing area and fire pit. “The own­ers use the deck as a part of their liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says. “It speaks to the river.”

Six­teen miles down­val­ley from Aspen, along the famed Fry­ing­pan River, which is des­ig­nated a

Gold Medal fish­ing area by the Colorado Wildlife Com­mis­sion, a home on Fry­ing Pan Road ($4.495 mil­lion) is rife with po­ten­tial. At 5,013 square feet and with six bed­rooms, it fea­tures a great room with clas­sic de­tails, in­clud­ing high vaulted ceil­ings, French doors, and a wood-burn­ing stone fire­place. Just steps from the river’s edge, there’s also a large fish­ing hole right off the flag­stone pa­tio.

As it hap­pens, Christy Clet­ten­berg, list­ing as­so­ciate bro­ker at

Cold­well Banker Ma­son Morse (970-920-7398; ma­son­morse.com), lives not far from the home. “It’s so much more than a house,” she says about the river­side life­style the area af­fords. “It’s the feel­ing you get liv­ing there, teach­ing kids to fly-fish, or en­joy­ing cock­tail hour around the fire pit.”

Fur­ther afield, on 146 acres along An­thracite Creek, a pri­vate trout stream on the road to Crested Butte (and 90 min­utes from Aspen/ Pitkin County Air­port),

River House ($2.999 mil­lion) is a des­ti­na­tion unto it­self. Own­ers can en­joy the re­sort­like na­ture of the 9,282-square-foot, sev­enbed­room log and stone home­stead, which in­cludes an am­ple great room for en­ter­tain­ing, an of­fice, and gun stor­age for hunters, as well as a sep­a­rate struc­ture called the Sher­iff’s Cabin.

Michael La­tousek,a bro­ker as­so­ciate with Dou­glas El­li­man Real Es­tate (970-925-8810; michael­la­tousek.el­li­man.com) in Aspen, who is col­ist­ing the prop­erty with his brother, Tommy La­tousek of Mirr Ranch Group in Den­ver, shares a per­sonal take. “It’s as lux­u­ri­ous and gor­geous as it gets in a ru­ral set­ting, just feet from the creek, per­fect for fish­ing for rain­bow trout, hunt­ing, or recre­at­ing,” he says. “I look for­ward to no cell ser­vice when I’m there, and never want to leave.” .

Rip­ple and wave: Four­teen Sixty, on the banks of the Roar­ing Fork, fea­tures an out­door deck that “speaks to the river,” says ar­chi­tect Charles Cun­niffe.

An­gler’s heaven: An­thracite Creek (with all of its rain­bow trout) flows right through the prop­erty of River House. be­low: Set on the Fry­ing­pan River, which boasts a Gold Medal rat­ing by the Colorado Wildlife Com­mis­sion, 7738 Fry­ing Pan

Road is prac­ti­cally a cus­tom, 5,013-square-foot fish­ing lodge.

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